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Old Jan 13th, 2013, 23:59 PM   1
Amy31
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Waking at night? What do you don?


My LO it is very hit and miss when my LO STTN at the moment he is terrible. I know I am doing the wrong things but its hard to know what else to do so asking for advice / support. LO has a really good routine, with one nap late morning although its not all the time. He has never been a good sleeper. So he has started waking more regularly and when he cries I change him and give him a couple of oz of milk then hope he goes back to sleep. I don't talk to him etc and 2 nights ago he went back off to sleep. Most of the time he screams and screams then wants to play or I sit and watch tv with him but this can go on for hours - 2 to 3 at least from 2pm. Feel like a terrible mother when in the middle of the night he is watching tv or playing. What should I do he is wide awake. He bedtime routine is always the same and in bed at 8pm and goes off straight away as he is on the go so much. Advice please - I couldn't do cc.



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 03:09 AM   2
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Hi

Have you prehaps thought about night terrors? alot of children get them when they become toddlers where they wake up in the middle of the night just screaming and screaming, alot of mums do the whole "leave them for a few minuets and they may just go back off" and 9 times out of 10 this does work but not with night terrors, obvioulsy i am no expert but maybe look it up and see what you can find out and if his symptoms match those of children with night terrors. Again i dont know what they cure is for this or how to do deal with it, but its worth rooting around for more info.

Good luck, hope this helps! x



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 03:24 AM   3
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He's still only a baby but at that stage when he's starting to have his own desires which is difficult. Personally I wouldn't change his nappy as that might be waking him more than necessary. At about this age when my eldest woke she didn't need milk, she usually just wanted to come downstairs. She's point and try and say downstairs and we could never settle her by staying in her room as she would just freak out. We used to calmly carry her downstairs in low lighting and let her watch one waybuloo. She's sit and cuddle on the sofa and the we would just carry her back upstairs and out her back in her cot with her dummy and snuggle blanket. She wasn't allowed to get down and play and we wouldn't talk to her. So maybe try not changing and not offering milk but just letting him watch one program then back to bed.



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 04:15 AM   4
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I sing my 15 month old back to sleep. She's pretty good though, usually takes 2 songs.



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 04:28 AM   5
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What I did was went with it. Was never up playing though, boob put mine back to sleep. They get their own proper sleeping pattern if you allow them to. (note, that takes a while).



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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 04:47 AM   6
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Have you tried bringing his bed time forward? If he's only sleeping once a day late morning then he might be over tired come 8pm and that can wake them up (defo does with mine), maybe bring it forward 15 mins per night til 7 or something see if that works? Good luck, it's so frustrating when they want to get up and play in the middle of the night!! X



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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 05:30 AM   7
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He's still only a baby but at that stage when he's starting to have his own desires which is difficult. Personally I wouldn't change his nappy as that might be waking him more than necessary. At about this age when my eldest woke she didn't need milk, she usually just wanted to come downstairs. She's point and try and say downstairs and we could never settle her by staying in her room as she would just freak out. We used to calmly carry her downstairs in low lighting and let her watch one waybuloo. She's sit and cuddle on the sofa and the we would just carry her back upstairs and out her back in her cot with her dummy and snuggle blanket. She wasn't allowed to get down and play and we wouldn't talk to her. So maybe try not changing and not offering milk but just letting him watch one program then back to bed.
He really is starting to know his own mind a bit more, he generally just sits cuddles me watches the Gruffalo then I put him back to bed but until he is really tired he just screams and screams. So we can be up for hours! I will try that but when I do change him he is soaked so think I might still need to change him but will see. He could be cutting back teeth as he doesn't have any yet. Thanks xx



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 05:33 AM   8
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Thanks so much for your replies. I don't mind him waking in the night I am used to it but its gone on a while that when he is up he is up for hours (see previous posts!) I am fortunate as hubby is self employed so often helps on a morning so I can rest as I couldn't manage otherwise. Hopefully it is just a phase, teething or something - as some people say "oh mine didn't sleep until 5" ahhhhhhh - my mother says I was like this and it is revenge xx



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 05:34 AM   9
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I am sick of starting threads about how bad at sleeping he is but I need the support as it is so hard. Makes me feel like a bad mother when little babies are sleeping through and Henry is up so much - what am I doing wrong! So thanks for the replies and the support they mean a lot xx



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 05:40 AM   10
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Personally, I think you are making a mistake by taking him out of his room at night. Once they're in bed, I think they should stay in bed, or atleast in a dark room snuggling into Mummy.

Coralie only really started sttn consistently around Christmas time, although her sleep improved around the 16/17 month mark. She finally dropped her bottle at this point and the sleep just got better and better from then on.

When she was still having a bottle at night, i'd just go into her room, mix the bottle quickly and pop it in her mouth while she was in the cot. I never got her out. If she was still unsettled after this, then I would get her out but otherwise no. I would do all of this in the dark, no lights, no nappy changes (unless she wet through ofcourse - but this has only happened a handful of times) and no interaction. If I had to interact, like she was crying uncontrollably or very restless etc then it would be picking her up, rocking her in my arms, or sitting in the rocking chair and whispering/singing twinkle twinkle little star to her.



 
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